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So, it's confirmed: Doctor Who begins this Saturday, BBC 1, 7.15pm, repeated on BBC 3 the next day, at 7.05pm. And there's a kid-sized preview on Thursday at 5pm. ^_^

Fun little quiz: Fake or Foto? is a series of ten images. The challenge is to tell whether they're photographs of real objects, or CG renderings. (I wound up with 8/10. One I didn't "mind" getting wrong, whilst the other really surprised me) Not the best design, though - the "show me the answers" link doesn't note your responses against the answers, at least here, but groups the CG and real images; you may want to note down your responses before proceeding.

I particularly liked Fiat Homo, a demo rabitguy pointed out, available for OS X, Linux, and the Redmond Project.

Wonder if Urmel aus dem Eis will see an English dub? Coming out in August, apparently.

paka hosted what turned into an intelligent mini-debate on alternative fuels over here; well worth a look. [Edit: Ah, maybe not.. it's f-locked]

Okay, the Rat Advertising Trial is amusing. ^_^

Woohoo! akira114 keenly observed the poster and trailer for A Prairie Home Companion are now up. (Even if the "large" size is a rather modest 400x176) It's looking good. Coming on June 9, apparently, or eight days earlier in its natural home country of.. Italy?

Interesting.. ABC's going to be offering a two month trial of streaming complete episodes of "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Alias" and "Commander In Chief", streaming using Flash 8. Ad-supported, so they won't permit skipping over the adverts, but free, and available the day after broadcast. "The standard viewing size is 500x282 pixels (streamed at 400kbs), and the larger viewing size is 700x394 pixels (streamed 700 kbps)". No word as to whether they'll limit access to within the US.

Yay! Thanks to mycroftb, I finally have Nookington's. ^_^ (Despite Nintendo's half-assed WiFi! Egad..)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wow! I got a 10/10 on the first try for the CG test, 2/4 on the bonus round (and two more tries to get them all right). Problem with the last test is that some of the images are low quality jpeg, which makes judging the 'cleanliness' of the image difficult.
Hee! Good going. ^_^ (I'll refrain from noting here which I got wrong, lest I provide spoilers)

Hm. I'll have to return with a perfect score, and see what the second round's actually like. Certainly, without good quality images, the task's rather complicated. Still - I'd have to commend all the artists involved. Amazing how far the field of photorealistic CG's come in just the past 15 years, especially at the low end - whilst gaming has a long way to catch up, pre-rendered animations of similar quality are now perfectly feasible, with even the same tools available to home users just as readily as professionals. (And Fiat Homo would've once been at home on a Mind's Eye release, produced by some large corporation's research unit, or University)
I remember reading the Urmel book(s?) when I was a cub, but I'm not sure the movie's gonna be worth watching. It seems like a straightforward attempt at commercialisation to me, and experience shows that any movie that announces in the trailer that the voices of the main characters are provided by this, this and that (wanna-be) celebrity isn't worth watching, anyway. (Think about it... if the only reason why I should watch a movie is that it features this or that person as the voice of this or that character, it's probably better to skip it).

But then, people also liked things like "Ice Age", so I guess anything is possible.
A good point, yes.. I remember some Dreamworks feature's print ads making a big deal of who was providing the voices for each of the lead characters; compare against Pixar's trailers, which seldom make any such reference. (I do hope Cars turns out well. The trailer didn't really engage me, I have to say - then again, the teaser for The Incredibles left me cold, and the movie's perhaps my favorite from them. But it's Ratatouille I'm really looking forward to =:)

Ice Age I was doubly disappointed with - not just the weak storyline, but the fact that Bunny illustrated so well what Blue Sky's capable of. (Add in character designs I just didn't care for, and it wasn't one that could win with me, despite Scrat)
Icon Love! :)

And that Fake or Foto stumped me. 4/10 :(
*grin* As soon as I saw it, I had to pilfer it. ^_^ I'd seen the original photo, but it's that tiny bit of text that makes it. ^_^

BTW, do you have the full size image of yours? Looks like an awfully sweet pic. (Note to self: must check her VCL page again)
Neat. I actually managed to surprise myself and get seven out of ten. Usually I don't do too well with this kind of thing. All of the images are pretty neat, too.
And just think what CG artistry's going to be like in another decade.. ^_^ (I hope they keep that quiz archived =:)
The power of cat and mouse combined got 9/10. We got the car one wrong.

And yay, ratties! :D Did you watch the gerbil one that Arakin posted a link to?
Wow! That's definitely good going. Actually, I suppose I can say which I got wrong, without offering spoilers, as long as no-one says whether they were CG or real. ^_^ I was caught by both of the car ones, oddly enough.

Oh! No, I haven't been through LJ today yet. (And here I am with a new episode of Yakitate Japan, and the first eps of three new anime as well.. ^_^; Not to mention the rest of Funny Pets.. =:)
No word as to whether they'll limit access to within the US.

The article I saw in some newspaper or other (can't remember which) said that yes, they'd be US-only.

5/10 on the CG/photo test... oh well.
Ahh, right. I couldn't find anything regarding territorial restrictions, but it seemed unlikely they'd elect to endanger their international sales. Yet, anyway. ^_^ Little by little, we're creeping towards genuine IPTV - it's technologically quite feasible now, especially with multicasting mixed in, but licensing will take a bit longer to sort out, as the new realities of media propagation emerge. Interesting times, and hopefully for the better; I'm reasonably optimistic, given the nature of the net being a many-to-many mapping, rather than a purely one-to-many, as in the traditional broadcast and print contexts. The key remains, as above, one of financing - advertising can surely only go so far, and whilst there's certainly much to be said for the power of political weblogs' readerships in researching issues, it's nonetheless very costly to actually send journalists and cameramen over to remote corners of the world. (I wonder where the Guardian's revenues come from? Are their paper sales declining, and if so, how well does the website hold its own financially?)

I can only hope I'll be able to have an example of such quality up on Alias' site one day. ^_^ Ugh, such a learning curve.. but, got to start somewhere, ne? ("The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep", and all that. Or several journeys, in my case.. it's time to make real use of Hyzenthlay and all the possibilities the net offers, be it in learning Japanese, or just coming to terms with the programming possibilities in Second Life)
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You never fail to distract me.

Never. (:
You know, that Rat Advertising Trial actually makes me want to get more junk! And I won't be letting them have it!